Sky Sports pundit Lewis Jones believes that Leeds United will beat Aston Villa 3-1 in a thrilling game that he thinks could easily turn to “chaos”.
Writing in his regular column for Sky Sports, Jones also thinks that Raphinha will score the first goal of the game.
“Now this should be a fun watch. If there’s an early goal we could see chaos,” Jones wrote.
“Leeds United have found one in Raphinha. He was sensational in the wins over Crystal Palace and Southampton, playing with a confidence that makes him look very much at home at Elland Road.
“In his last seven games, only Bruno Fernandes and James Maddison have had more shots than him (18) with three of those shots finding the net.
“He can score first in what is likely to be a typical Leeds ‘we’ll have a shot, you have a shot’ type of game.”
Plenty of talent in this team
Okay, we need people to stop talking about Raphinha now.
He’s a sensational player but we’re not a one-man team. Patrick Bamford can stake his claim for this season’s Golden Boot with a repeat of his brilliant hat-trick from the reverse fixture. He’ll be full of confidence for this game.
Jack Harrison has a point to prove after being hooked at half-time last game. And Helder Costa will be looking to make a big impact from the bench again if he gets his chance.
Diego Llorente will play again but we’re not sure whether that will be at centre-back or in holding midfield.
Pascal Struijk can keep Ollie Watkins quiet, with Illan Meslier there to mop up any afters.
A win for Leeds would probably secure our top-flight status with 38 points and 12 games still to play.
Any pundits who are still criticising Leeds will have to stop carping and give praise where it’s due.
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